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More than 60 cows die in massive barn fire

Blog Post created by Fred Durso Employee on Dec 6, 2013

CowsFirefighters spent eight hours battling a destructive barn fire in Wisconsin this month that killed more than 60 cows.

The Wausau Daily Herald reports that the blaze was so intense, smoke blanketed nearby roadways and created hazardous driving conditions. Other news agencies have stated that the barn was a total loss, and the cause is still under investigation. Authorities believe at least 64 cattle died in the fire, reports WSAW-TV.

How common are these fires? From 2006 to 2010, 830 barn fires were reported to U.S. municipal fire departments each year, according to NFPA's "Structure Fires in Barns" report. Nearly a quarter of these fires were caused by heating equipment. NFPA 150, Fire and Life Safety in Animal Housing Facilities, applies to these types of settings.